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Monday, March 29, 2021
In our last episode the young Bangwaketse Kgosi Bathoen II had suffered a setback in October 1932 when he led a mophato into Moshupa in a vain attempt to impose his own overseer on the village.
Monday, March 22, 2021
In our last episode it was observed that, at an August 27, 1930 kgotla meeting in Kanye, the new British Resident Commissioner, Charles Rey, ordered that Kgosi Gobuamang’s son Kgabosetso should immediately take over as the Mosopa sub-chief, while his father would be detained in Kanye “to...
Monday, March 15, 2021
In our last episode it was observed that notwithstanding the 1904 bogwera controversy, prior to the 1928 installation of Bangwaketse Kgosi Bathoen II, there had not been any serious conflict between the people of Kanye and Moshupa. 
Monday, March 08, 2021
In our last episode it, was observed that after he had moved his people back to Moshupa from Kgabodukwe, the Bakgatla bagaMmanaana Kgosi Pilane attempted to adopt a non-aligned stance in the continued conflict between the Bakwena and Bakgatla bagaKgafela.
Monday, March 01, 2021
In the aftermath of the Battle of Dimawe and subsequent Boer withdrawal from Botswana the BagaMmanaana joined the Bakwena in falling back to Dithubaruba.
Monday, February 22, 2021
In our previous episode we saw that despite their initial success in breaking through the Bangwaketse and Bakgatla bagaMmanaana lines, the August 30, 1852 Battle at Dimawe turned into a daylong stalemate as members the Boer commando under the direction of Commandant-General Piet Scholtz’s chie...
Monday, February 15, 2021
In our previous episode the Bakwena Kgosi Sechele had rejected the Boer Commandant Pieter Scholtz’s demand that he surrender the Bakgatla bagMmanaana Kgosi Mosielele as a step towards acknowledging the hegemony of the newly formed Transvaal Boer Republic of Andries Pretorius.
Monday, February 08, 2021
In the days that immediately followed their August 17, 1852 massacre at Maanwane, Commandant-General Scholtz’s commando skirmished with Mosielele’s retreating Bakgatla bagaMmanaana and Kgakge’s Bakwena booRatshosa, along with additional Bakwena scouting parties sent out by Sechele....
Monday, February 01, 2021
We left off in 1852 with the peace and independence of the Bakgatla bagaMmanaana under Kgosi Mosielele, along with that neighbouring merafe, under threat by the Transvaal Boers led by Andries Pretorius.
Monday, January 25, 2021
We left off with Bakgatla bagaMmanaana under Kgosi Mosielele having enjoyed relative peace and prosperity during the 1840s, in part due to their village’s proximity to the LMS mission at Mabotsa.
Monday, January 18, 2021
The Bakgatla branch of Batswana are generally divided into five subgroups. Among these the principle dikgosi and greater numbers of the Bakgatla-ba-Mmakau, Bakgatla-ba-Mosetlha and Bakgatla-ba-Motsha are to be found in South Africa, while the Bakgatla bagaKgafela are well known for having a signific...
Monday, January 11, 2021
As we begin a new year still in the shadow of the SARS-CoV-2 or “Covid-19” virus we can hope and pray that emerging vaccines will ultimately deliver better times.
Monday, December 21, 2020
This week we take a break from our “Blackman’s War” series to share an English translation of Ratshosa aMostswetla account, published in the February 1896 edition of the Makoko a Becwana newspaper, of how Dikgosi Bathoen, Khama and Sebele were greeted upon their December 1895 retur...
Monday, December 14, 2020
We left off on October 24, 1899, with the British officials and police under Deputy Commissioner William Surmon abandoning Gaborone Camp and Station in the face of the advancing Transvaal Boer Commando of Commandant Peter “Ramolara” Swartz.
Monday, December 07, 2020
We left off on October 18, 1899 with the British Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Plumer having arrived from Fort Tuli with reinforcements to join Kgosi Khama’s already vigorous defence of Gammangwato.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Last week we observed that by October of 1899 the Dikgosi of the Bechuanaland Protectorate had been directly instructed by the then British High Commissioner Sir (later Lord) Alfred Milner of their duty to mobilise their warriors in order to assist in the repelling of anticipated Boer advances into ...
Monday, November 23, 2020
Last week we observed that as the ecology of the Bechuanaland Protectorate slowly recovered from the 1890s devastation of rinderpest, drought and locust infestation, as well as a series of human disease epidemics, enforcement of Hut Tax payments emerged as an important factor in assuring a steady fl...
Monday, November 16, 2020
We left off in 1897-98 when, in the aftermath of the rinderpest epidemic that had destroyed over 90% of the Bechuanaland Protectorate’s livestock, along with much of the wildlife, human mortality rates of up to 20% were being reported in some communities as a result of famine and fever due to ...
Monday, November 09, 2020
We left off with the March 1896 arrival of rinderpest or bolwane having begun to devastate Botswana’s cattle population.
Monday, November 02, 2020
We left off last week by observing that by the time of Kgosi Sechele’s death in 1892 there were already environmental indicators of a coming crisis with drought and locust infestation having disrupted crop production.
Monday, October 26, 2020
COVID-19 is certainly not the first virus to shake Botswana society. In addition to HIV/AIDS, our country has been rocked by other invasive pathogens, both viral and bacterial, in the past, some of which, such as smallpox arrived in the form of epidemics before becoming endemic for generations of Ba...
Monday, October 19, 2020
“I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Hereros.
Monday, October 12, 2020
From 1923, Frederick Maharero (1875-1950) established himself in Mahalapye as the exiled Ovaherero paramount whose influence over the next quarter century extended into Namibia and South Africa, as well as Botswana.
Monday, October 05, 2020
Spread by the then modern transport infrastructure of railways and steam ships, the 1889 ‘Russian’ or ‘Asiatic Flu’ is regarded as the first worldwide viral pandemic.
Monday, September 28, 2020
We left off c.1827-28 with the Banyayi Mambo Chilisamhulu’s son Ntinima failing in his efforts to convince either his father or the Basenete She Tombale to offer a share of captured cattle to the Mwali oracle in thanksgiving for their people’s victory over the Bangwato Kgosi Kgari.

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    Economic sectors in the country are trading war stories about the impact of COVID-19, while wrestling for the limited support various government arms are extend...
    02 Apr 2021
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